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Memoirs of William Hazlitt
Ch. X 1807
Mary Lamb to Sarah Stoddart [Hazlitt], 21 December 1807

Chap. I 1778-1811
Ch. II: 1791-95
Ch. III 1795-98
Ch. IV 1798
Ch. V 1798
Ch. VI 1792-1803
Ch. VII 1803-05
Ch. VIII 1803-05
Ch. IX
Ch. X 1807
Ch. XI 1808
Ch. XII 1808
Ch. XII 1812
Ch. XIV 1814-15
Ch. XV 1814-17
Ch. XVI 1818
Ch. XVII 1820
Ch. XX 1821
Ch. I 1821
Ch. II 1821-22
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Ch. IV 1822
Ch. V 1822
Ch. VI 1822
Ch. VII 1822-23
Ch. VIII 1822
Ch. IX 1823
Ch. X 1824
Ch. XI 1825
Ch. XII 1825
Ch. XIII 1825
Ch. XIV 1825
Ch. XV 1825
Ch. XVI 1825-27
Ch. XVII 1826-28
Ch. XVIII 1829-30
Ch. XX
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No date [but early in 1807].
“My dear Sarah,

“I have deferred answering your last letter, in hopes of being able to give you some intelligence that might be useful to you, for I every day expected that Hazlitt or you would communicate the affair to your brother; but as the Doctor is silent on the subject I conclude he yet knows nothing of the matter. You desire my advice, and therefore I tell you I think you ought to tell your brother as soon as possible; for at present he is on very friendly visiting terms with
Hazlitt, and if he is not offended by a too long concealment, will do everything in his power to serve you. If you choose that I should tell him, I will; but I think it would come better from you. If you can persuade Hazlitt to mention it, that would be still better, for I know your brother would be unwilling to give credit to you, because you deceived yourself in regard to Corydon. Hazlitt, I know, is shy of speaking first; but I think it of such importance to you to have your brother friendly in the business, that if you can overcome his reluctance it would be a great point gained; for you must begin the world with ready money—at least an hundred pound; for if you once go into furnished lodgings, you will never be able to lay by money to buy furniture.

“If you obtain your brother’s approbation, he might assist you, either by lending or otherwise. I have a great opinion of his generosity, where he thinks it will be useful.

Hazlitt’s brother is mightily pleased with the match, but he says that you must have furniture, and be clear in the world at first setting out, or you will be always behindhand. He also said he would give you what furniture he could spare. I am afraid you can bring but few things away from your own house. What a pity that you have laid out so much money on your cottage; that money would have just done.

“I most heartily congratulate you on having so well got over your first difficulties, and now that it is quite settled, let us have no more fears. I now mean, not
only to hope and wish, but to persuade myself that you will be very happy together. . . . .

“Do not tease yourself about coming to town. When your brother learns how things are going, we will consult him about meetings and so forth, but at present any hasty step of that kind would not answer, I know. If Hazlitt were to go down to Salisbury, or you were to come up here without consulting your brother, you know it would never do.

Charles is just come in to dinner; he desires his love and best wishes.

“Yours affectionately,
“M. Lamb.
“Miss Stoddart,
“Winterslow, near Salisbury,